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Nepal Storm: Dozens Killed As Storm Hits South
By Staff, Agencies
Rescuers are struggling to reach villages in southern Nepal that were cut off by a rainstorm that has killed 25 people and injured hundreds more.
The storm swept through villages in a farming region of Bara and Parsa districts in southern Nepal, about 120km south of capital Kathmandu, on Sunday night.
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli said he received a report of 25 people killed and 400 injured.
Police official Sanu Ram Bhattarai said people were crushed by falling walls of their own homes and other debris.
Bhattarai said police officers and soldiers from neighboring areas reached the districts on Monday and were trying to reach the villages.
Police said cars were flipped by the high winds and passengers were killed in one bus that got blown off the highway.
"The thunderstorm uprooted trees, electricity poles and telephone poles. Most casualties occurred after people were struck by them," said Bhattarai.
Thunderstorms normally hit the country in the spring between April and May, but experts say Sunday's disaster was unusually severe.
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